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Dante: A Brief History (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)

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For over seven centuries, Dante and his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, have held a special place in Western culture. The poem is at once a vivid journey through hell to heaven, a poignant love story, and a picture of humanity’s relationship to God. It is so richly imaginative that a first reading can be bewildering. In response, Peter Hawkins has written an inspiring introduction to the poet, his greatest work, and its abiding influence. His knowledge of Dante and enthusiasm for his vision make him an expert guide for the willing reader.

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In A Brief History of Dante, Peter S. Hawkins brings the great Italian writer Dante Alighieri to life. Drawing on over 30 years' experience of teaching and writing about Dante, he introduces newcomers to the poet and his masterpiece, the Commedia.Hawkins starts by offering a brief account of the poet's life and works that demonstrates the importance of Dante's personal story to his writing, and by outlining the story of the Commedia. He then goes on to consider the prominence Dante gives to eros as part of spiritual life, and to probe his idiosyncratic interpretation of Christian theology. Finally, he traces how, over the centuries, Dante has been portrayed variously as a lover, a statesman, a Neo-Platonist, a proto-Protestant Reformer, a Romantic visionary, a Byronic hero, a Pre-Raphaelite, the father of his country, a theologian in verse, and "altissimo poeta," the consummate poet.

Synopsis:

For over seven centuries, Dante and his masterpiece

Synopsis:

In "Dante: A Brief History," Peter S. Hawkins brings this great Italian writer to life. Introduces readers to Dante's great masterpiece, the Commedia. Probes Dante's idiosyncratic interpretation of Christian theology. Traces the reception of the Commedia over the centuries. Will inspire newcomers to Dante to read the poem. Probes Dante's idiosyncratic interpretation of Christian theology.

About the Author

Peter S. Hawkins is Professor of Religion at Boston University, where he directs the Luce Program in Scripture and Literary Arts. His publications include Dante’s Testaments: Essays on Scriptural Imagination (1999), The Poets’ Dante: Twentieth-Century Reflections (edited with Rachel Jacoff, 2000), and The Language of Grace (2005).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Acknowledgments.

List of Abbreviations.

Prologue: Invitation to a Reader.

1 Dante’s Life and Works.

The Life Story.

The Figure of Beatrice.

Political Life.

The Work of Exile.

On Vernacular Eloquence and Philosophy for All.

Universal Empire.

The Birth of the Commedia.

Vision or Brainstorm?.

Textual Inspiration for the Poem.

Early Circulation of the Poem.

2 Dante’s Journey to God.

Inferno.

Purgatorio.

Paradiso.

3 Dante’s Beatrice.

The Advent of Beatrice.

The Problem of Beatrice.

The Novelty of Beatrice.

Bidding Adieu.

Eros and Sex in the Commedia.

Paolo and Francesca, Dante and Beatrice.

Dante’s Sexuality.

A Beloved in the Flesh.

4 Dante’s Religion.

Dante’s Core Beliefs.

Christian Florence.

A Personal Faith Story.

But Where is Christ?.

The Christ of the Theologians.

Mediations of Christ in the Commedia.

Mary as Christ’s Flesh.

Daughter of Her Son.

The Beatific Smile.

5 Dante’s Afterlife.

Dante in English.

From Beyond the Pale to Cultural Centrality.

Twentieth-Century Dante.

The Artist’s Dante.

The Commedia in Performance: Drama, Film, Television.

Postmodern Dante.

Commedia in Comics.

What Next?.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405130523
Author:
Hawkins, Peter S.
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Retold:
Hawkins, Peter
Author:
Hawkins, Peter
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Authors, Italian
Subject:
To 1500
Subject:
History
Subject:
Dante Alighieri
Subject:
Authors, Italian - To 1500
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Religion & Culture
Subject:
Religion, Issues & Current Affairs
Copyright:
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
May 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.36x5.32x.62 in. .56 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In A Brief History of Dante, Peter S. Hawkins brings the great Italian writer Dante Alighieri to life. Drawing on over 30 years' experience of teaching and writing about Dante, he introduces newcomers to the poet and his masterpiece, the Commedia.Hawkins starts by offering a brief account of the poet's life and works that demonstrates the importance of Dante's personal story to his writing, and by outlining the story of the Commedia. He then goes on to consider the prominence Dante gives to eros as part of spiritual life, and to probe his idiosyncratic interpretation of Christian theology. Finally, he traces how, over the centuries, Dante has been portrayed variously as a lover, a statesman, a Neo-Platonist, a proto-Protestant Reformer, a Romantic visionary, a Byronic hero, a Pre-Raphaelite, the father of his country, a theologian in verse, and "altissimo poeta," the consummate poet.
"Synopsis" by , For over seven centuries, Dante and his masterpiece
"Synopsis" by , In "Dante: A Brief History," Peter S. Hawkins brings this great Italian writer to life. Introduces readers to Dante's great masterpiece, the Commedia. Probes Dante's idiosyncratic interpretation of Christian theology. Traces the reception of the Commedia over the centuries. Will inspire newcomers to Dante to read the poem. Probes Dante's idiosyncratic interpretation of Christian theology.
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